Pros and Cons of Undermount Sinks

May 21, 2020

When thinking about designing the kitchen in your custom home, there are a lot of options to choose from. Finding the right mix of elements for you can make your kitchen design stand out while also being functional. When it comes to your kitchen sink, an undermount sink is an option. Here’s some more information about them and some pros and cons of undermount sinks to help you determine whether this sink is the right fit for you:

What is an Undermount Sink?

An undermount sink includes several types of sinks. What makes a sink an undermount sink is that it is installed under the counter. Unlike drop-in sinks that are set in a pre-cut hole with edges that rest on top of the counter, an undermount sits under a custom-cut hole for a sleek, seamless look. There is no edge that sits above the counter.

3 Pros of Undermount Sinks

There are several benefits to this type of sink. Here are a few pros of undermount sinks:

1. They Are Customizable

Undermount sinks are versatile and customizable. They come in a variety of materials like cast iron, copper, stainless steel, porcelain, and more. They can also be single-bowl or double-bowl for your convenience.

2. Undermount Sinks Are Seamless

Because undermount sinks sit below the countertop, the edge of the sink is hidden. Not only does this create a sleek, seamless look in your kitchen, but it also prevents crumbs, moisture, and other things from getting caught as you are cleaning.

3. They Give You More Counter Space

Since there is no visible edge to an undermount sink, you don’t sacrifice any counter space for it. Instead of giving up a little extra space for an edge, you only lose the space the sink takes up. And, thanks to this extra space, a sleek look, and rising popularity, an undermount sink can also increase the resale value of your home.

3 Cons of Undermount Sinks

As with anything, there are drawbacks to this type of sink as well as benefits. Here are a few cons of undermount sinks:

1. They Require More Support

Sinks are heavy. Since undermount sinks to not have anything above the counter to help carry their weight, they need more support. They also need more solid countertops that don’t suffer easily from water damage. This often makes them a more expensive sink than other options and also makes installation more difficult.

2. Undermount Sinks Take Up Space

Although these sinks do not take up space above the counter, they do sit lower than drop-in sinks. Not only does this mean that you may need to bend over more to reach inside them, but they also often take up more cabinet space underneath as well. This is particularly true if they need a lot of extra support.

3. They Are More Difficult to Replace

Because a custom hole must be cut into the counter for an undermount sink, it can be more difficult to replace a sink or change it later on. On top of that, faucets for an undermount sink are generally installed in the countertop of the wall. If you decide to try a different type of sink in a few years, you may be able to find something that works with the space your counter has, but you may also be limited in your options.

Reviewing the pros and cons of undermount sinks can help you figure out if this is a good potential fit for the kitchen in your custom home. If not, don’t worry, there are several types of sinks to choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect fit for you.

The right custom home builder with an in-house design/build process can help you get the right look and feel in every room of your custom home. If you’re ready to get started on your dream home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!